Indo-American News: July 8, 2022

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After two years of virtual conventions, the Assamese community in North America gathered in Houston, reuniting relatives, rekindling life-long friendships, welcoming new families and sharing the rich culture of Northeast India’s state of Assam.




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COMMUNITY 43rd Assam Convention Brings Generations Together July 8, 2022

Houston: After two years of virtual conventions, the Assamese community in North America gathered in Houston, reuniting relatives, rekindling life-long friendships, welcoming new families and sharing the rich culture of Northeast India’s state of Assam. The 43rd Assam convention began on Friday July 1st and after two days of cultural activities and fantastic social interactions, concluded with guest singers from Assam and everyone dancing the famous Assamese Bihu dance. Attended by over 350 people from the US, Can-

Left: Chair Pallabita Bhuyan greets Indian Consul General Aseem Mahajan; Center: Bhuyan with performing artists Dikshu & Bornali; the Bihu dance group; Top: the audience with the artists after their performance.

ada and India, this was the 43rd year that Assamese families got together to celebrate their beautiful home state, and the Houston families were happy to be the hosts, sharing their Houston hospitality. Mrs. Pallabita Bhuyan, president of the Assam Association of North America (AANA) was the lead organizer and the effort was jointly sponsored by AANA, the Assam Foundation of North America (AFNA) and Assam Sahitya Sabha, North America. The Hyatt Regency, Houston West was a great venue for families to reunite, catch up on recent family events as well as to meet those who recently came to the US. The hotel halls and foyers were brightened with beautiful ladies wearing the traditional Mekhela chadors made of Assamese muga and paat silks in the most modern colors and styles. Gentlemen wore Assamese styled kurtas highlighted with the famous red and white Assamese gamosa. Cultural events spanned over six centuries starting with Assam’s classical dance form known as Sattriya Dance and classical opera known as Bhaona with a thread bearer (known as Sutradhara) created by none other than Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardev to modern day music and dance forms. While the cultural events were delighting the audience, traditional Assamese snacks were served along with tea. Many Houston families brought their specialties including many

types of Pitha and Ladoos to the delight of all. To make things even more interesting a special room was set aside for several clothing designers to have a “trunk show” where the most modern fashions from Assam were presented, complimented by Assamese jewelry and a local painter. Two famous guest singers Bornali Kalita from Diburgh, Assam and Dikshu Sarma from Guwahati, Assam made the long journey from India’s Northeast to thrill the audience with both the classic and modern music. Many other singers from within the community sang and there was even a chorus competition where over 50 singers competed to show the results of weeks of practice. The audiences cheered on their uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters and children. The finale of the convention was highlighted by a very professional fashion show hosted by the guest designers- many of the ladies in attendance became “supermodels” for several hours as they tastefully walked the runway displaying the best of Assamese fashion. The fashion show was followed by a dinner and a special appearance of Sri Aseem R. Mahajan, Consul General of India to Houston. Upon arrival, the Consul general was felicitated with a traditional Assamese gamosa. Sri Mahajan and his guests then enjoyed the evening highlights of the cultural show, including a special Bihu dance performance. The Consul General had many

nice things to say about India’s Northeast and wished the people of Indian Origin to keep up the rich trade of ideas and resources between North America and India. This year was highlighted with many “three generations” families enjoying the events together. The Assamese community is very proud of the members and carrying on the culture abroad in such an authentic and passionate way. After 43 years, the second generation “kids” have been bringing the third generation “grandkids” to many conventions too—so during this Houston convention, many grandparents were able to dance with their children and grandchildren, adding to the joy and richness of being Indo-Americans in Houston.

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How The Alliance Helps Underserved Houstonians

Houston: Amani Kwizera came to the United States as a young refugee after he and his family were forced to flee their home in Congo-Brazzaville. Once in Houston, he struggled to adjust to his new school and culture in the United States. During his sophomore year of high school, Kwizera joined a program that changed his life. Kwizera enrolled in The Alliance’s Kijana Youth Program, an afterschool enrichment program that supports children from immigrant and refugee communities. With support from his Kijana youth counselor, Kwizera was able to receive tutoring assistance, develop his confidence, and gain the professional skills to successfully secure his very first summer job. He was proud to work with India House Houston where he helped organize children and cultural activities. Now excelling in both his career and academic life, Kwizera has already received a scholarship to attend college. He hopes to one day go to medical school and become a general surgeon. Each year, The Alliance serves thousands of residents just like Kwizera get connected to resources and support they need to meet their goals. The Alliance’s mission is to create opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and underserved residents to attain self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. The organization has offices throughout the Greater Houston area and is proud to have a multicultural staff that speaks over 30 different languages, helping meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of our diverse community members. Founded in 1985, The Alliance provides broad range of comprehensive social services, including disaster recovery, refugee services, financial counseling, small business assistance, driver’s education, vocational training, mental health services, and more. Throughout the year, The Alliance also hosts special community events, such as its annual Back to School Drive that provides school supplies and essential resources to 3,000 students and their families with support from corporate donors and community volunteers. The Alli-


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‘Rangbaaz‘ Season 3 Premieres on ZEE5 Global

After the popularity of the first two seasons of its original gangster drama ‘Rangbaaz’, South-Asian content streaming platform ZEE5 Global has announced another season of the hit show. Written by Siddharth Mishra, directed by Sachin Pathak and produced by JAR Pictures, ‘Rangbaaz – Darr Ki Rajneeti’ will star Vineet Kumar Singh and Aakanksha Singh in leading roles. The show is helmed by Navdeep Singh who has ‘NH10’ and ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’ to his directorial credits. Marquee gangster drama ‘Rangbaaz’ season 3 will star Vineet Kumar Singh and Aakanksha Singh in leading roles. This season is centred around Vineet’s character, Haroon Shah Ali Baig (also known as Saheb) and charts his rise from a small town in Bihar to becoming one of the state’s most powerful strongmen. As he gains power and money through his exploits, he also funnels his resources to help the people. Showrunner Navdeep Singh said, “I have been a fan of the earlier seasons of Rangbaaz as this dark world of gangster politics fascinates me. ‘Rangbaaz – Darr Ki Rajneeti’ uncovers the epic life and times of Saheb while also charting the story and the politics of Bihar as the two are shown to be inextricably woven together. The six-episode series also stars Geetanjali Kulkarni, Sudhanva Deshpande, Ashok Pathak, Soham Majumdar, Prashant Narayanan and others in pivotal roles. Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “Rangbaaz has been one of the most successful franchises of ZEE5 Global and was appreciated worldwide. This year, we are delighted to present yet another season of ‘Rangbaaz - Darr Ki Rajneeti’, which is a high on drama and entertainment series packed with thrill and suspense. We hope that viewers across the globe will enjoy the intriguing third season.” Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer – Hindi Originals, ZEE5 said, “We are excited for the audiences to experience Vineet Kumar Singh’s phenomenal performance as the protagonist in addition to commendable performances by Aakanksha Singh, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Rajesh Telang, and Vijay Maurya amongst others.” ZEE5 Global is the digital entertainment destination launched by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), a global Media and Entertainment powerhouse. The platform launched across 190+ countries in October 2018 and has content across 18 languages: Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, including six international languages Malay, Thai, Bahasa, Urdu, Bangla and Arabic. ZEE5 Global is home to 170,000+ hours of ondemand content.


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